empty-handed

[emp-tee-han-did]
adjective
1.
having nothing in the hands, as in doing no work: While we were carrying out the luggage, he stood by empty-handed.
2.
having gained nothing: to return from a quest empty-handed.
3.
bringing no gift, donation, etc.: They came to the birthday party empty-handed.

Origin:
1605–15

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empty-handed
 
adj
1.  carrying nothing in the hands
2.  having gained nothing: they returned from the negotiations empty-handed

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Example sentences
Now he will have to go away empty-handed, if he does not lose his life.
When he went out alone he generally returned empty-handed.
With a full cargo, a stiff head-wind is a great hindrance, but fresh and
  empty-handed they can face it with more ease.
But the central government has begun to shut down such programs, leaving many
  students empty-handed upon graduation.
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